NM High Court To Hear Suit Against Gov. Martinez’s Vetoes

NM High Court To Hear Suit Against Gov. Martinez’s Vetoes

The court said it will hear oral arguments in the case beginning a 9 a.m. on May 15. The justices gave Martinez's administration until May 5 to file a response to the Legislature's lawsuit.

The New Mexico Supreme Court said Monday that it will hear the state Legislature’s lawsuit challenging Gov. Susana Martinez’s massive vetoes of the Legislature’s budget.

The court said it will hear oral arguments in the case beginning a 9 a.m. on May 15. The justices gave Martinez’s administration until May 5 to file a response to the Legislature’s lawsuit. It also asked for a “friend of the court” brief from the New Mexico Council of University Presidents.

The Legislature’s suit accused Martinez of violating the state constitution when she vetoed the entirety of the budgets for the state Legislature and all higher education in New Mexico.

Filed by the Legislative Council’s lawyer Tom Hnasko, the lawsuit called the line-item veto of legislative funding an “attempt to eviscerate the ability of the other branch [of government] to perform its essential functions.”

In his filing, Hnsako asked the court to invalidate Martinez’s line-item vetoes of both the Legislature and higher education.

The lawsuit also accused Martinez of cutting higher education money because the state Senate did not confirm her two choices for University of New Mexico regents.

Martinez vetoed about $800 million from the Legislature’s $6.1 billion budget, and she axed a $350 million tax hike bill that lawmakers had passed.

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